Arrow Producers Tease The Final Season’s New Direction

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Like we’ve been saying here for some time, viewers should expect for Arrow‘s eighth and final season to feel drastically different from previous offerings. I mean, not only did the official synopsis released this past spring hint at a possible science fiction turn, but Stephen Amell pretty much confirmed it himself when he said his show will serve as a prelude of sorts to “Crisis on Infinite Earths” – at least in my view.

Of course, anyone working on the show can’t reveal too much at this point, but the creative minds behind it are willing to offer more in the way of teasers. In fact, consulting producer Marc Guggenheim served up the following while speaking with Entertainment Weekly:

“[We’re] taking the show on the road, really getting away from Star City. Oliver is going to be traveling the world, and we’re going to go to a lot of different places.”

While this could – and probably does – mean that Oliver Queen will do some globetrotting come this fall, let’s not rule out him traveling the multiverse with the Monitor. As luck would have it, executive producer and current showrunner Beth Schwartz touched on that very subject to a slight degree:

“Every time I see Oliver and the Monitor, it’s like, ‘Okay, we are very far from where we started.’ But again, that means the show has grown and evolved. This is sort of his final test because it’s greater than Star City.”

If you require more evidence of Ollie likely journeying through the multiverse, you should know that it’s already out there. After all, it’s been said we’ll be reunited with both Adrian Chase and Tommy Merlyn, but they won’t be the guys we’d come to know in previous years. In my opinion, that has “doppelgangers” written all over it.

Arrow returns with new episodes on Tuesday, October 15th on The CW.

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